RESTAMAX PLC INTERIM REPORT BETWEEN 1 JANUARY AND 30 JUNE 2014: Restamax improved its income - the turnover grew 19.8 per cent

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Restamax Plc



Despite poor early summer, Restamax improved its income:
The turnover grew 19.8 per cent in January-June 2014


The Group's income for the second quarter of 2014

The turnover of Restamax's second quarter of 2014 was MEUR 20.5 (MEUR 15.2), a
growth of 34.7 per cent over last year. The EBITDA was MEUR 2.1 (MEUR 1.6),
growth of 29.0 per cent. The Group's operating profit was EUR 479,100 (EUR
406,000), growth of 18.0 per cent.

The Group's income for January-June 2014

Restamax's turnover for the period of six months was MEUR 36.4 (MEUR 30.4), an
increase of 19.8 per cent over last year. The EBITDA was MEUR 3.5 (MEUR 2.9),
growth of 22.0 per cent. The Group's operating profit was EUR 566,400 (EUR
383,400), growth of 47.7 per cent.

As expected, the income of the review period was slightly better than that of
last year. The EBITDA also increased slightly from the same period last year.
The reasons behind the increase in turnover are the Rengasravintolat and
Gastromax investments made in the first quarter of the year. A significant
number new of openings took place in the first half of 2014, so most of their
profits will be made in the latter half of the year.

Due to the seasonal nature of the restaurant business, most of the profits are
made at the end of the year.

Prospects for 2014

Profit guidance (unchanged since 5 March 2014):
Restamax estimates that the 2014 turnover will increase to MEUR 86-97. The
company estimates that the 2014 EBITDA will increase to MEUR 14.5-16.3 and the
operating profit to MEUR 8.7-10.4.

The company's goal is to reach a turnover of MEUR 100 by the end of 2015.
With the corporate investments made during the two first quarters of 2014, the
company estimates it will come close to meeting this goal already in 2014.



                                      4-6/14   4-6/13   1-6/14  1-6/13  1-12/13

 Turnover                             20,528   15,241   36,442  30,419   65,033

 EBITDA                                2,095    1,623    3,510   2,876    9,146

 EBITDA, %                              10.2     10.7      9.6     9.5     14.1

 Operating profit                        479      406      566     383    4,051

 Operating profit, %                     2.3      2.7      1.6     1.3      6.2

 Review period income                    200      458      271      60    2,908

 To shareholders of
 the parent company                      313      445      415     -31    2,565

 To minority shareholders               -113       13     -144      90      344

 Earnings per share for parent
 (EUR)                                  0.02     0.04     0.03    0.00     0.24

 Interest-bearing net liabilities                       12,039   8,810    6,184

 Gearing ratio, %                                         33.1    68.4     21.9

 Equity ratio, %                                          57.8    39.6     60.9


 Material margin, %                     73.4     72.7     73.9    72.6     73.9

 Staff expenses, %
 (incl. hired staff)                    30.6     31.9     30.1    32.0     30.1

 Return on investment, %                                   1.3     1.6     10.7


The growth speed of Restamax has been upbeat throughout its history. Last year's
focus on stock exchange listing slowed our growth slightly. The two first
quarters of 2014 demonstrate that our restaurant company will once more see
growth this year.

The listing supporting our growth strategy and the related share issue have
enabled investments that bring us competitive advantage in the future. A
significant amount of these investments will be realised during 2014.

Significant investments in the first half of 2014

In March 2014, the biggest corporate acquisition in the company history
complemented the restaurant portfolio of Restamax with 16 new restaurants, when
the company acquired the Rengasravintolat Group. With this acquisition, we
strengthened our position, among other things, in the Helsinki metropolitan area
and expanded our operations to a new market area, Pori.

The most significant step towards growth taken in the second quarter of 2014 was
concluding a preliminary agreement for a joint venture company with the
Rukakeskus Group in June. With the agreement, the restaurant operations of
Rukakeskus Plc and its subsidiary Pyhätunturi Plc at Rukatunturi in Kuusamo and
at Pyhätunturi in Pelkosenniemi will be transferred to the ownership of the
joint venture company in October 2014. Restamax will own 65 per cent of the
Tunturiravintolat joint venture company and Rukakeskus 35 per cent. This
acquisition solidly supports the company's strategic expansion to the touristic
attraction centres of the north.

Other significant events of the period include new restaurant openings, such as
Restaurant Villisika in Hämeenlinna, the Chicago Food Park restaurant mix in the
new Lielahti Centre in Tampere, the Richard's Gastropub and Välimäki restaurants
in Helsinki and the Little Joe restaurant boat and the Daddy's Gelato ice cream
bar in Tampere. In addition, with the establishment of Soolo Max Plc, we
expanded our operations to Kotka.

The economic downturn of the restaurant business continues

The restaurant business is struggling in a downturn and the demand for tourism
and restaurant services has clearly decreased in comparison with last year. The
share of alcohol consumption in restaurants has dropped to a historically low
level and the increase in the alcohol tax that took effect at the beginning of
this year has further decreased the domestic serving demand of alcohol.
Furthermore, food sales in restaurants licensed to serve alcohol is decreasing
and the poor weather in the early summer has impacted the operations of summer
restaurants negatively. Reasons behind the field's weakening profitability and
dropping sales include not only the loss in purchasing power of households but
also weakening company sales. In addition, the decrease in the numbers of
foreign and domestic travellers, heavy cost structure and continuously
tightening taxation create challenges for the field.

According to forecasts by the Finnish Hospitality Association (MaRa), no quick
recovery is in sight and the field's downturn will continue at least until the
end of the year. A turn for the positive can, however, be seen in the
reinstitution of deductible representation expenses that allows companies to
deduct half of their representation expenses starting next year. This decision
will support the demand for tourism and restaurant services, increase employment
and, thus, bring tax revenues to the state.

Supporting employment as a goal

The tourism and restaurant field is a significant employer in Finland. In this
field, the share of labour costs is approximately 30 per cent of the turnover.
Weak demand especially increases the unemployment of young people, since nearly
one third of the industry's labour is under the age of 26.

The Extraordinary General Meeting of Restamax held on 29 July 2014 approved the
Board of Directors' proposal regarding the purchase of the Staff Invest Group's
labour hire service operations and also of certain of its subsidiaries that
provide labour hire services. The corporate acquisition covers approximately 75
per cent of the business operations of the whole Staff Invest Group, and the
entity acquired will be joined to the Restamax Group starting 1 August 2014 and
reported as a segment of its own in the future. The General Meeting also
confirmed the changing of Restamax's Articles of Association so that labour hire
services are added to the company's field of operations.

We want to do our share in supporting the employment of young people and we see
great business potential in the field of labour hire services in the future.
Restamax has solid competence in the restaurant business and also plenty of
experience in part-time employment relationships that are typical in the
industry. With the Staff Invest corporate acquisition, Restamax will become a
bigger employer than before. We want to offer our employees better opportunities
to advance in their careers and to work in a goal-oriented fashion. The company
owns several restaurants in many cities, which allows us to offer same employees
more work in different restaurants. With the Staff Invest corporate acquisition,
we ensure the sufficient availability of staff in future and strengthen the
growth of our company. Restamax has been the biggest customer of Staff Invest
Plc and, with the corporate acquisition, the profit margin of the hired labour
working in Restamax's own restaurants remains in the Group.

Upcoming events

Although the general financial situation in Finland has continued to be unstable
and costs have continued to climb, their effects on the demand of the company's
products and services have been relatively small. Despite the challenging
general economic situation, Restamax has been able to maintain good
profitability, clearly above the average profitability within the industry.
Today, our Group comprises over 80 restaurants all over Finland; night clubs,
restaurants, pubs and cafés.

In June 2014, Restamax purchased the Matkailutalo property, forming an essential
part of the Tampere city centre milieu, for office and commercial building
purposes. We are anticipating the transfer of our head office to this protected
building in the heart of the city this autumn. Besides office facilities, we
will open two high-class restaurants in the property in the near future. This
building important in terms of cultural history designed by Carl Höijer in 1896
to serve as the office building of Tampereen Verkatehdas is, thus, given new

Restaurant openings of the following period include the expansion of the Space
Bowling & Billiards concept to Pori and the Stefan's Steakhouse restaurant
opening in the heart of Jyväskylä.

Our goal is to reach a turnover of MEUR 100 by the end of 2015. The two first
quarters of 2014 have shown that we are getting close to this goal already this

Markku Virtanen

The full Restamax interim report for April-June 2014 is appended to this release
in PDF format. The interim report is also available on the company's website at

Board of Directors
Markku Virtanen, CEO

APPENDIX: Restamax Plc Interim Financial Report Q2 2014

Additional information:

Markku Virtanen, CEO, Restamax Plc, tel. +358 400 836 477
Jarno Suominen, CFO, Restamax Plc, tel. +358 40 721 5655


Major media

Restamax Plc is a Finnish restaurant business group established in 1996 that
also offers labour hire services. The company, which listed at NASDAQ OMX
Helsinki Oy in 2013 and became the first Finnish listed restaurant company, has
continued to grow steadily throughout its history. The Group's companies include
over 80 restaurants and nightclubs all over Finland. Well-known restaurant
concepts of the Group include Gringos Locos, Bodega Salud, Viihdemaailma Ilona,
Classic American Diner, Daddy's Diner, Stefan's Steakhouse and Wayne's Coffee
Finland. Restamax Plc employs approximately 900 people, the Group's pro forma
turnover in 2013 was MEUR 87.0 and EBITDA MEUR 13.3.

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